I've spent the last week or so thinking about what one word I want to use to represent and guide 2018. There are so many amazing words (create, innovate, inspire, etc.) that I was honestly overwhelmed with where to start. As I continued to think about all that I want to do and model in the coming year, I finally realized that the word "learning" really captures all that I hope for 2018.
Learning may not be as "flashy" as some of the other words that I could have chosen, but I realized that it encompasses so much more for me by combining all the things that I'd liked about the other possibilities.
First and foremost, I want to continue my own learning journey in 2018. As a teacher of technology, everything is constantly changing and evolving in the courses that I teach. That constant change can definitely be overwhelming and intimidating at times, but it is also so exciting. It means that I always have something new to learn!
I also love learning more about teaching and have found so much inspiration from my wonderful PLN on twitter. I was initially going to give a shout out to some of them, but realized quickly that every tweet or chat helps me to grow and learn. So I want to thank all of you and let you know that I look forward to another exciting year of learning with you!
Learning also is a perfect word to represent what I want for my students. I want to continue to encourage them in their own learning journeys and help them to maintain or find a love for learning. I want them to see learning as an integral part of their lives and realize that it isn't limited to what happens in school. I want to challenge and encourage them to pursue their passions and grow and create amazing things!
And for our world, I want to see us learn how to have more empathy for one another. We are living in a time with so much hate and fear. If we want to move past this, we need to learn to listen to one another and have more compassion. We need to learn how to focus on "us" instead of "me." I really believe that together if we learn and practice empathy, we will have a better world.
What's your #oneword2018? I'm looking forward to learning with and from all of you this year! Happy 2018!